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The Addams Family Online

June 16th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Well, I am just tickled…um…blood red.

I was browsing the Classic Science Fiction Channel site and discovered that both seasons of The Addams Family TV series are available for viewing at Hulu! (I’m not sure why TCSFC links to it, since it’s palpably not science fiction, but I”m not complaining.)

The show seems rather crude and slapstick by today’s standards, but I’ve always had an enormous soft spot for it. It enthralled me as a child–I even dressed as Morticia for Halloween when I was about eight–and I think what really struck me about it was the Addams’ relationship with the rest of the world. Unlike The Munsters (which I never liked), the Addams Family owned their weirdness. The Munsters tried to blend in with the normal people and were always disappointed when they were rejected. As far as the Addams were concerned, they were the normal ones, and they simply expected the rest of the world to accept them. I think that’s a much healthier attitude.

I know what I’ll be watching in my spare time for the next few weeks.

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Sebastian’s Voodoo

June 13th, 2008 by Cobwebs

This seems like an appropriate post for today. This touching little animated short was created by the UCLA Animation Workshop and features a voodoo doll who tries to find the courage to save his friends from being pinned.

(via BoingBoing)

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New Living Dead Dolls

June 12th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Living Dead DollI’m a long-time fan of Mezco’s sweetly twisted Living Dead Dolls; one of the Fashion Victims keeps me company in my sewing room.

Series 16 is due out in September, and they all have a Halloween theme! Each doll comes with a pumpkin trick-or-treat bag and a removable mask. In typical LDD fashion, the masks aren’t nearly as scary as what hides behind them. I’m particularly taken with Isabel and her “human” mask, shown here.

The dolls are available for pre-order as a set for around $110 or individually for about $24. Here’s one of several places online that offer the set, so you can get a look at the whole collection.

These would make adorable costume-contest prizes.

(via Uncle Fester’s)

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The Necrocard

June 11th, 2008 by Cobwebs

NecrocardIf you found a laminator to make yourself an Artistic License, here’s another amusing card you can put in your wallet.

Writer and performance artist Stewart Home decided to explore the relationship between sex and death by creating donor cards enabling the bearers to leave their body for sexual experimentation. His description of public reaction to the cards is interesting, and it brings up the deeper philosophical question: Is necrophilia still wrong if you’ve got the corpse’s specific consent?

Stewart copied the design of the NHS donor card to create his version. The design isn’t particularly attractive, so if you’re going to make your own you might want to experiment with the color and style.

I may make up a bunch of these as favors for my next Halloween party.

(via Strange Attractor)

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Pushin’ Daisies

June 10th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Coffin ClockHere’s a fun site that definitely needs a mention: A “mortuary novelty shop” (motto: You’ll Love What We Dig Up for You) with a wide range of funeral-related items. From coffin cookie cutters to hearse earrings to this adorable toe-pincher wall clock, they’ve got something for everyone. Um, assuming that everyone has tastes like ours, I guess.

I’ve purchased several gifts from them and have always been pleased with their prices and service. Check ’em out!


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C. A. Therien Polymer Art

June 9th, 2008 by Cobwebs

BarretteA friend gave me this millefiore barrette a couple of years ago, featuring candy corn and plump pumpkins made of a polymer clay cane. It was signed by the artist, and after doing a quick search I was pleased to see that she has a Website.

If you like playing with polymer clay (or think you’d like to learn), this site is a wonderful source of inspiration. She includes tutorials for several techniques, has links to other resources, and her gallery has some very unique pieces. You can also check out her Etsy shop for newer items.

Of special interest is her Memorial Bead project, creating keepsake beads out of sympathy flowers. Similar beads would make lovely and evocative jewelry for the crafty goth.

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Amusing Pacifier

June 6th, 2008 by Cobwebs


Dark Roasted Blend posted this image, suggesting that the facehugger might actually be a pacifier. Sadly, it’s just a plush toy (available here if you can’t live without one).

As awesome as a facehugger pacifier might be–and I suppose you could install one in the plush toy’s belly if you were really gung-ho about the idea–we can at least console ourselves that the Vampire Fang pacifier is a reality.

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The Slayer’s Tarot

June 5th, 2008 by Cobwebs

WillowDark Horse Comics, which publishes the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books, is releasing a tarot deck based on the series. Buffy comic artist Paul Lee and tarot expert Rachel Pollack teamed up to create this collectible set.

The cards draw on characters, themes, and legends from the series, and fans will recognize a lot of relevant imagery. This is Willow as the High Priestess; other cards include the Sun (complete with turning-to-dust vampire in the foreground), the “First Slayer” as the Fool, and “the Master” minding the Wheel of Fortune. There’s even some tasteful nudity on cards like “Temperance” and “the Devil.”

The deck will be available in September, but can be pre-ordered now. It looks like the cheapest price is to be found at Things from Another World. If you’re a fan of the series or just a collector of unusual decks, this might be a fun addition to your collection.

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Skully Moleskine Notebooks

June 4th, 2008 by Cobwebs

MoleskineSkull-a-Day has turned its popular Ornament(al) Skull into this pretty moleskine notebook. The laser-etched book is being sold by Modofly and is available on their site. I like the subtle elegance of the skull in this particular pattern.

Modofly also offers a lot of other notebooks that might appeal to gothy sensibilities, too. I particularly like Mother and Alice.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

June 3rd, 2008 by Cobwebs

Here’s another one of those things that look a lot harder than they actually are. Peppermint patties are simple to make, pretty well foolproof, and yummy to boot. They make a cheap and elegant hostess gift or party favor, and you can goth them up a little by dying the fondant odd colors and wrapping them in colored foil or mesh.

These should really just be called “chocolate-covered fondant candies,” since if you don’t want to use peppermint you can substitute a flavoring of your choice. Cherry or orange is particularly nice.

The instructions call for a food processor, but you could use a blender or even an electric mixer as long as you make sure to get the fondant nice and creamy.

If you plan to color the fondant, try to use paste-type food coloring (available at cake and candy supply stores) if possible. The extra fluid in liquid food coloring can throw off the texture if you use too much. I used red and black to make a sort of bruised purple in this demo, but you can get as creative as you want: Blood red, gangrene yellow, pumpkin orange; you get the idea.

You can use regular eating chocolate (dark chocolate makes a particularly nice contrast to the mint) to coat the candies, or use “coverture” chocolate designed for this purpose. If you use the latter, omit the vegetable shortening.

For measurements in grams and milliliters, check out the conversion calculator at AllRecipes.


2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 Tbsp softened butter
2 tsp peppermint extract (or other flavor of your choice)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cream
Food coloring (optional)

8 ounces (about 1-1/3 cup) chocolate, chopped
1 Tbsp vegetable shortening

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